British-born Turkish businessman denies murder charge

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Image copyright Stephen Preece Image caption Mr Arbery was one of 25 Turks shot dead during political violence in 1997

HARRY Myers, freelance legal reporter at BBC Radio 4 , reports from Liverpool, where the trial of Travis McMichael for the 1997 murder of Ahmand Arbery has begun. Travyon McMichael (left) arrives at Liverpool Crown Court for the start of his trial

has made a British-born. Rohingya businessman, he fled Burma in 1993.

He arrived in Britain in 1997.

Travyon McMichael was the main defendant in the murder trial, which began on Monday.

The 26-year-old has admitted holding Ahmand Arbery’s throat as the 21-year-old was dragged off to his death in a drive-by shooting.

But he denies actually firing a gun.

In a statement, his lawyer claimed the defendants in the trial were not connected and said he was the victim of a “cut-throat” prosecution because of his race.

Prosecutor Paul Greaney QC claims McMichael was involved in his murder by driving a van to shoot Ahmad Arbery – then known as Nezha Arbery.

Mr Greaney said: “It was a cut-throat prosecution because he was black and guilty the minute he appeared in court.”

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